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When Clarence Thomas joined the Supreme Court in 1991, he found with dismay that it was interpreting a very different Constitution from the one the framers had written - the one that had established a federal government manned by the people's own elected representatives, charged with protecting citizens' inborn rights while leaving them free to work out their individual happiness themselves, in their families, communities, and states.   

Thomas, had deep misgivings about the new governmental order. He shared the framers' vision of free, self-governing citizens forging their own fate. And from his own experience growing up in segregated Savannah, flirting with and rejecting Black radicalism at college, and running an agency that supposedly advanced equality, he doubted that unelected experts and justices really did understand the moral arc of the universe better than the people themselves, or that the rules and rulings they issued made lives better rather than worse. So in the hundreds of opinions he has written in more than a quarter century on the Court, he has questioned the constitutional underpinnings of the new order and tried to restore the limited, self-governing original one, as more legitimate, more just, and more free than the one that grew up in its stead. The Court now seems set to move down the trail he blazed.

©2019 Myron Magnet (P)2019 Tantor

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Interesting and informative

Not only does this book provide biographical and judicial opinions about Justice Thomas but it also helps with understanding how the courts helped shape our country. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to understsnd more about the judicial branch of our government and the jurisprudence of the controversial Justice Thomas.

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Great book about a GREAT MAN!

Deep insight into Justice Thomas's mindset and way of thinking instilled by his grandfather, another great man!

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exceptional story very informational

well that hit home! very good read book is very informational exceptionally written check it out

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A look at the other side

Was very interesting listen to view points from a conservative perspective. Struggled with relating to many of the views expressed.

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Informative

This book is a brief introduction into the opinions and beliefs of Clarence Thomas about the fourth amendment and the fourteenth amendment to the Constitution. This is not a biography of Thomas. In addition to the discussion of the two amendments, Magnet spent some time reviewing Thomas ‘opinion on McDonald v City of Chicago and what brought it about in Slaughter-House Cases and the United States v Cruikshank. This was about the 14th amendment. Magnet quotes Thomas as saying “living under Jim Crow taught me to think about the use and misuse of government powers”. Magnet points out that with the death of Justice Anton Scalia, Thomas is coming into his own with his more stringent view of originalism. Note: this is not an unbiased book. I was left with the impression that conservatives are correct and liberals cause all the problems. I do not like this when either side does it. The author should leave politics outside of an academic discussion. Overall, this was an interesting book and worth the read to understand Thomas and his far-right viewpoint on the Court. The book is five hours and thirty-four minutes. John McLain does an excellent job narrating the book. McLain has won several Earphone Awards and was nominated in 2012 for the Audie Award.

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Name-calling screed

Poorly documented. Laudatory for TeaPartyites, condemnatory of liberals. Partisan to the core. But the narrator has a nice voice

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Refreshing testimony of an American Fighter!

Clarence Thomas, a protector of every American citizens Constitutional Ammendments. Born and raised to fight his way through the challenges and social webs of injustice in a evolving society. Myron and John share his story, beginning with the strict disciplines of a hard working grandfather who molded and instilled Thomas's drive to excel and venture beyond the prescribed limitations to a Black Man in America. Taunted and tormented nothing ever stood in his way to succeed. Thomas speaks of the hardships he faced of living in a corrosive, corrupt, and misleading environment. And the work it took to triumph over many individuals whom wanted to punish his efforts. Myron and John discuss Thomas's responsibilities and duties he holds in the Supreme Court today. Serving, preserving, and protecting American people's Natural Rights on the national scale. Details of the difficulties in untangling and resolving public controversies, examining and writing legislation, determining policies, protecting public institutions, judicial unmasking, fighting democratic tyranny, abuse of government power and more. A very refreshing audiobook. Thank you for your service Clarence Thomas. I enjoyed and would recommend this audiobook to every life loving, liberty caring, freedom fighting patron. Let's join Thomas, channel our free self governing, self guiding spirit to bolden our next generation in preserving our Republic of the United States.